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D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e  June 2012



In Silver City, June starts off with rodeo. The annual Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo continues through June 2 at the Southwest Horsemen’s Arena. Also on June 2, the popular Rodeo Parade returns to downtown starting at 11 a.m. But the rodeo spirit won’t vanish when the bronco busters move on to the next town, as the Silver City Museum plans a Centennial Brown Bag Lecture on June 7 with Don Turner talking about Grant County’s varied rodeo past. Did you know there was a rodeo arena in Hurley that hosted some of the toughest ropers in the country in the 1950s? Or that the site of the current Army Reserve Center hosted the rodeo for 30 years?


Summer may not officially arrive until the solstice, but one look at the thermometer should convince you it’s time to Jump into Summer. That’s the HMS/LaVida community fun and fitness day at Gough Park in Silver City on June 9. The Silver City Farmers’ Market will be joining the fun that Saturday with a one-time-only relocation from its usual downtown digs


Also on June 9, Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus is sponsoring a Creatures of the Desert event, featuring critters in the exhibit hall plus a live birds of prey demonstration with a red-tailed hawk, great horned owl, turkey vulture and Swainson’s hawk.


Up in Pinos Altos, June 23 brings the latest in the New Mexico Music Series at the Buckhorn Opera House, Anthony Leon & the Chain, playing country, rock and Americana. The opening act features local favorite Melanie Zipin with the Sugar Leafs.


This month also brings trio of events in Silver City where you can have a good time while doing good for a local organization. On June 16, the High Desert Humane Society celebrates the first anniversary of its Our Paws’ Cause Thrift Shop with free food and music by the Latchkey Kids.


On June 23, the Grant County Copper CowBelles present a Centennial Shindig at the Flame Convention Center. Enjoy a brisket dinner and silent auction and then dance to the western music of the Yarborough Band, while celebrating 100 years of New Mexico’s statehood and Grant County’s ranching heritage.

Then on June 29, Gila/Mimbres Community Radio brings local favorite Greg Brown back to town for a fundraiser at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter’s songs have been covered by music stars including Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joan Baez.



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